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AT&T Foundation donates $10,000 to Walters State
November 22, 2021

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the AT&T Foundation has donated $10,000 to Walters State Community College. The grant will provide last dollar scholarships for minority and underserved students.

“We are grateful to AT&T and its continued support of public higher education and our students, who will benefit greatly from the company’s generosity,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, President, Walters State Community College. “Our students have many financial needs aside from the cost of tuition and this support will help them on their path to higher education.”

While Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect provides tuition-free access to the state’s community colleges, gaps remain that can create a barrier to entry for some students. The AT&T Last Dollar scholarships will aid students with cost of attendance items such as books, childcare, transportation, and other costs associated with attending college that aren’t covered by other financial aid programs once tuition is paid.

Walters State Community College does a tremendous job preparing students to enter the workforce with a strong foundation for future success,” said State Senator Steve Southerland. “Thanks to their commitment to quality education, Tennessee has a first-class workforce ready to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving 21st century economy.”

“Higher education often creates a pathway to prosperity for those looking to quickly enter the job market and today’s announcement aims to enrich that opportunity for more students,” said Representative Rick Eldridge. “AT&T’s investment in programs like this exemplifies its commitment to furthering education in Tennessee.”

This donation is part of the AT&T Foundation’s $130,000 gift to the Foundation for the College System of Tennessee. Funding has been divided equally among Tennessee’s 13 community colleges to support students across the state.

AT&T is focused on developing a 21st century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips. “We are excited to continue our support of Walters State Community College to help more students gain the education necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”

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State Representative Rick Eldridge, Dr. Tony Miksa, Alan Hill with AT&T, and State Senator Steve Southerland gathered for a check presentation ceremony.